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Election Day is today: Here's everything you need to know

Posted: 12:33 PM, Nov 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-06 12:11:15-05
Everything to know for Election Day this Tuesday
Everything to know for Election Day this Tuesday
Everything to know for Election Day this Tuesday

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6. Here in Northeast Ohio, there are many major races and ballot questions that will be decided during this midterm election, including our next Governor, a U.S. Senator, several U.S. House representatives and the controversial Issue 1. Here’s everything you need to know:

Check your voter registration

Make sure you are registered to vote and that your voter registration information is correct here.

Find your polling place

Click here to find your designated polling location on Election Day.

What will the weather be like on Election Day?

Find out here.

Poll hours

On Election Day, you must cast your vote in your precinct at your designated polling location between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

What to do if you see something unusual at the polls

If you see something strange happening at your polling location, you can reach out to News 5 Investigators and your local county board of elections. Find that contact information here.

What you need to vote

Ohio law requires that every voter, upon appearing at their polling place on Election Day, must announce their full name and current address, and provide proof of their identity.

According to the Ohio Secretary of State’s office, the following are acceptable forms of identification on Election Day:

  • An unexpired Ohio driver’s license or state identification card with present or former address so long as the voter’s present residential address is printed in the official list of registered voters for that precinct;
  • A military identification;
  • A photo identification that was issued by the United States government or the State of Ohio, that contains the voter’s name and current address and that has an expiration date that has not passed;
  • An original or copy of a current utility bill with the voter’s name and present address;
  • An original or copy of a current bank statement with the voter’s name and present address;
  • An original or copy of a current government check with the voter’s name and present address;
  • An original or copy of a current paycheck with the voter’s name and present address; or
  • An original or copy of a current other government document (other than a notice of voter registration mailed by a board of elections) that shows the voter’s name and present address.

Click here for more details on what constitutes acceptable forms of identification, and how you can still cast a provisional ballot if you do not have any of these forms of ID available.

See a sample ballot

You can preview a sample of the ballot you will be casting on Election Day here.

Information on candidates and issues

Make sure you’re informed before you vote! You can view previous local political coverage from News 5, including full video of previous senatorial and gubernatorial debates, on our Democracy 2018 page here.

Watch our Democracy 2018 - Countdown to Election Day special for an in-depth breakdown from News 5’s John Kosich of the major candidates and issues at stake for Ohio.

View our previous report on Issue 1 to find out where various individuals and groups stand on the ballot measure which would make major changes to Ohio's drug laws.

The non-partisan site allows you to explore your ballot, make informed choices based on the issues that matter to you, and print out a “cheat sheet” you can bring with you to polls.

See a full list of issues on the ballots in Cuyahoga County here.

Check with your county’s Board of Elections for more details on ballot issues in your county.

Track your ballot

Ensure that your vote was counted in and sign up to receive text alerts when your ballot is received and if there is an issue with your ballot.

How to get to the polls

Lyft is offering 50 percent off to anyone needing a ride to the polls on Nov. 6. 

Uber is offering $10 off a single ride to the polls on Election Day. 

Election Night coverage

Click here to see a page with election results from across our viewing area as they come in Tuesday.

News 5 will have election results and coverage streaming live throughout the evening on our Facebook pagewebsite, and streaming service apps, including Roku and Amazon Fire.

Download the News 5 mobile app to receive alerts when major races are decided, and for continuous election coverage throughout the evening.

Tune in to News 5 at 11 p.m. for team coverage and analysis of elections across our area.